How Do You Bust a Bad Mood?

Over at the Happiness Project, Gretchen has a great list of online tools you can use to make yourself happier. It includes some a my favorites pastimes, like reading my favorite blogs and interacting with friends and family via social networking utilities.

There are also a number of cool sites that I hadn’t seen before like HappyBirthday.com, which automatically reminds you of your friends’ birthdays and other important occasions, and Joe’s Goals, which gives you an easy and convenient way to track your progress.

This got me thinking in a broader sense about the different things you can do (online and off) to help break out of a bad mood. Of course the biggest thing is living with hope and purpose, but everyone occasionally gets a case of the blues.

What do you do to set yourself straight?

These are the first things that come to my mind:

  • Exercise, especially something outdoors like a run or walk
  • Seeking out solitude to sort out my thoughts
  • Reading an old book or watching an old movie that I love but haven’t seen in a long time
  • Spending time with a friend without the television
  • Doing something creative that’s just for fun (i.e. playing with my gadgets)